Emerging Practices in India: Abin Design Studio

International Management Institute, Bhubaneswar: Library from the courtyard. Image Courtesy of Abin Design Studio

Indian Architect & Builder, through a two-part series titled ‘’ (Volumes I and II), delves deeper into contemporary Indian practices that have carved a unique identity and place for themselves in the country today. This article, part of the first volume of the series takes a closer look at ‘Abin Design Studio’, a -based architectural firm.

In a city that, though culturally rich, has remained fairly neglectful of contemporary architectural developments, Abin Design Studio’s dynamic philosophy attempts to trigger a ‘think revolution’ by challenging the conventional and recreating the city-scape of Kolkata. Abin Design Studio was founded in October 2005 by Abin Chaudhuri, who partnered with Jui Mallick in 2006. What started off as a small three-person firm is now a frontline organisation rendering complete design solutions from conceptualisation to realisation of space, object and visual.

The projects have a strong spatial quality which fuse lessons from past traditions with aspirations of the present in a sparkling coup of energy. Their passion to transform and nerve to challenge is almost incomparable. Indian Architect & Builder’s interview with the founders, after the break…

Emerging Practices in India: Indigo Architects

NW from site entrance. Image Courtesy of , Ahmedabad

Indian Architect & Builder, through a two-part series titled ‘’ (Volumes I and II) delves deeper into contemporary Indian practices that have carved a unique identity and place for themselves in the country today.  This interview, part of the first volume of the series, takes a closer look at ‘Indigo Architects’, an Ahmedabad-based architectural firm.

IAB: Please describe your work.

Uday + Mausami Andhare: We have positioned our efforts in the field of architecture in the context of our time, which is ridden with great contrasts. On one hand, rapid and haphazard development in the cities is putting the existing infrastructure under a severe strain and on the other, smaller towns and villages continues to suffer age-old neglect in the area of planned growth and quality of construction. With fast-depleting resources, the onus of a sensitive approach to these realities is a dire need…And architecture has the power to effect change, of course. The question is about being effective in various contexts. Urban, rural, big, or small, private or public, it is imperative to give utmost care and dignity to the smallest of efforts. Perhaps, this may be a model that allows well-meaning practices to carry on with their tasks with an integral focus, in any profession.

Emerging Practices in India: mayaPRAXIS

Power of idea - lightening - House in Barren land . Image Courtesy of mayaPRAXIS

Indian Architect & Builder, through a two-part series titled ‘’ (Volumes I and II) delves deeper into contemporary Indian practices that have carved a unique identity and place for themselves in the country today. This article, part of the first volume of the series, takes a closer look at ‘mayaPRAXIS’, a Bengaluru-based architectural firm.

While anchoring each work in its specific site and circumstance, mayaPRAXIS is a synthesis of Vijay Narnapatti and Dimple Mittal’s sensibilities, which endeavor to obtain a deeper experience of time, space, light and materials. A continuum of specific situations enables works of distinct individuality and stylistic variety from project to project. Every project has a realm of details where the essential qualities are crystallised and catalysed at multiple scales.

Indian Architect & Builder’s interview with the founders, after the break…

Emerging Practices in India: Hundredhands

Alila Hotel and Residences. Image © Nathan Willock

Indian Architect & Builder, through a two-part series titled ‘’ (Volumes I and II) delves deeper into contemporary Indian practices that have carved a unique identity and place for themselves in the country today. This article, part of the first volume of the series, takes a closer look at ‘Hundredhands’, a Bengaluru-based architectural firm. 

Patient and purposeful, the work of Hundredhands responds to fundamental concerns of form and space, material integrity, economy and efficiency with a strong efficacy with respect to function and relevance. With a team of architects and architecture trainees directed by Bijoy Ramachandran and Sunitha Kondur, Hundredhands has a significant investment in the conceptual development of their work and architectural discourse as an extension. 

Pragmatic and grounded in ‘doing’, the built work of Hundredhands is developed through an analytical process of drawing, physical and virtual model-making, detailing and a control on the process of building. Their buildings have a sense of clarity that comes through methodical process and elimination of the unnecessary. They use contemporary building technology and materials responsibly and with due regard to available skill. Their architecture is enriched through selection and restraint.  

Indian Architect & Builder’s interview with the founders, after the break…

Rice Office / SALT

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Architects: SALT
Location: , West Bengal, India
Design Partner: Amit Sinha, Jassu Singh, Animesh Nayak
Design Team: Mishal Shah, Ankit Berry, Rahul Deb
Area: 10000.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Amol Chakraborty

Construction Begins on 3XN’s “Grove Towers” in Mumbai

Street View. Image ©

Construction has begun on 3XN’s first project in India. Aesthetically inspired by local foliage, the 136-meter “Grove Towers” are designed to interweave at their base, much like the roots of the native mangrove trees. These lower, “interwoven” floors will house retail establishments, while the upper floors will be given over to residential units.

Maison Edouard François Designs Luxurious Skyscraper Trio in India

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Sector 66 of Gurgaon, India will be the site of Maison Edouard François’ newest project: a massive luxury complex crowned by three stainless steel-clad skyscrapers. Given over entirely to opulence, Guragon 66 will house a hotel, a multiplex cinema, and an apartment complex. Yet its most defining feature may be its shopping mall, which covers most of the ground floor. This glass-canopied commercial center will host internationally known brands, such as Fendi and Chanel, in independent marble buildings within the main structure.

The Library House / Khosla Associates

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Architects: Khosla Associates
Location: , Karnataka,
Principal Designers: Sandeep Khosla, Amaresh Anand
Year: 2014
Photographs: Shamanth Patil J.

Wilson Garden House / Architecture Paradigm

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Architects: Architecture Paradigm
Location: Wilson Garden, , Karnataka, India
Design Team: Sandeep J, Vimal Jain, Manoj Ladhad, Savitha
Area: 7000.0 ft2
Year: 2011
Photographs: Anand Jaju

Myra – School Of Business / Architecture Paradigm

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Architects: Architecture Paradigm
Location: Mysore, Karnataka,
Design Team: Manoj Ladhad, Vimal Jain, Sandeep J, Prajwal M Krishna, Supriya A G
Area: 45000.0 ft2
Year: 2012
Photographs: Anand Jaju

Mana Ranakpur / Architecture Discipline

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Architects: Architecture Discipline
Location: , Rajasthan 306702, India
Principal Architect: Akshat Bhatt
Design Team: Sneha Gurjar, Nidhi Khosla, Stuti Sahni, Debbayoti Dey
Area: 65000.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Akshat Bhatt

Birdsong Cafe / Studio Eight Twentythree

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Architects: Studio Eight Twentythree
Location: Bandra West, , Maharashtra,
Architects In Charge: Samir Raut, Amit Mayekar
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Studio Eight Twentythree

Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport – Terminal 2 / SOM

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Architects: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Location: Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (BOM), ,
Design Partner: Roger Duffy
Senior Design Architect: Scott Duncan
Design Architect : Peter Lefkovits
Technical Architect: Narin Gobindranauth
Senior Aviation Planner: Derek Moore
Year: 2014
Photographs: Robert Polidori, SOM

Loft 38 / Khosla Associates

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Architects: Khosla Associates
Location: , Karnataka,
Principal Designers: Sandeep Khosla, Amaresh Anand
Year: 2013
Photographs: Shamath Patil J.

Monsoon Retreat / Abraham John ARCHITECTS

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Architects: Abraham John ARCHITECTS
Location: , Maharashtra, India
Design Team: Abraham John, Alan Abraham, Anca Florescu, Bhavika Chauhan, Niranjan Fulsunder, Amey Mhatre
Area: 777.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Alan Abraham

Crematorium Charity Trust / Mancini Enterprises

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Architects: Mancini Enterprises
Location: Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu,
Design Team: Niels Schoenfelder, J.T. Arima, Bharath Ram K, Ganesh V, Priyanka Rao, Sridharan A, Rijesh K, Divya K.N.
Area: 4856.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Mancini Enterprises

Suzlon One Earth Global Corporate Headquarters / Christopher Benninger

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Architects: Christopher Benninger
Location: , Maharashtra,
Year: 2009
Photographs: A. Ramprasad Naidu

Vana: A Nature-Inspired Structure that Grows Like a Tree

© Sumedh Prasad / Orproject

From the architect. Orproject, a London-based architecture practice, completed a room-sized, nature-inspired canopy titled, ‘Vana,’ for the Design Forum exhibited in The Brick House in New Delhi.

Read what the architects’ had to say after the break…